Newcastle United taken over by Saudi investment fund
Last week, many Newcastle fans’ dreams were made a reality when Mike Ashley’s 14-year reign in charge of the Tyneside club came to an end, and the Saudi Public Investment Fund took the reins, backed by a hefty budget.
🤝 An investment group led by the Public Investment Fund, and also comprising PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media, has completed the acquisition of 100% of Newcastle United Limited and Newcastle United Football Club Limited from St. James Holdings Limited.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 7, 2021
Now boasting the richest owners in world football, but sitting in the Premier League relegation zone without a win, the Magpies are sure to spend money in January in order to avoid a somewhat humiliating relegation to England’s second tier.
Their ownership got off to the worst possible start too, with the Tyneside outfit falling to a 3-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur inside a combustible St James’ Park in what proved a sour 1000th game in charge for Steve Bruce.
Kick it Out to meet with Newcastle over headresses
One of the most iconic visuals of the Newcastle takeover has been Newcastle fans donning headdresses to attend the games.
Newcastle United fans after the Saudi takeoverpic.twitter.com/jafnCmXJCx
— Troll Football (@TrollFootball) October 17, 2021
Now, however, it appears as though it has caught the attention of Kick It Out, an anti-racism and discrimination organisation. As per Sky Sports, they are demanding “urgent talks” with Newcastle in a bid to get them to discourage the wearing of headdresses, seen as cultural appropriation, in St James’ Park.
Kick It Out is planning urgent talks with Newcastle to ask the club to discourage fans from wearing mock headdresses following the Saudi-backed consortium’s takeover.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 19, 2021
As per Sky:
“Kick It Out is keen to offer education workshops to fans in the north east to explain why this could be considered stereotypical and culturally offensive.”
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